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Colors of India

by: Maura Hibbitts
October 19, 2017

Colors of India

I recently returned from a trip to India, feeling so inspired by the array of vibrant, rich colors I saw everywhere, that I wanted to create my own “patchwork” of colors. I had a wonderful adventure, delving into the arts and crafts of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The fabrics and textiles are especially beautiful, and I learned how to do Kantha embroidery, and have added that detail onto my canvas, as well as the glitter of gold and gems. I was blessed to travel to this wonderful land of contrasts and beauty, and meet so many special karma must be good! 

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red Hue
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cadmium Yellow
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Ultramine Blue
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Gold Rush
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Glorious Gold
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Gold Glitz
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Fossil
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Bubbles
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Shedded
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Whirlpool
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Baroque
  • Carabelle Studio "There are always flowers" stamps
  • Carabelle Studio "Gotta love diamonds" stamps
  • Simon Says Stamp Henna Patterns
  • 8" by 10" Canvas
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Brayer
  • Bubblewrap
  • Grey Archival Ink
  • Neocolor II White Crayon
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes - Harvest Moon
  • Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue
  • Gemstones
  • Ribbons and Braid
  • Scor Tape
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool

Instructions :

Sketch shapes with pencil onto canvas to create a “patchwork” design. Fill in each block with bright colors using the Americana Premium acrylics. 

Create the next layer with stencils and Fluid Acrylics. Dab paint on with sponge to create a tone on tone effect.

Stamp designs with archival ink into the color block areas, varying the designs. The idea is to make it look like different pieces of fabric. 

Add gold highlights. Use Metallic Gold paint and a brayer to roll the paint on to a piece of bubblewrap. Press the bubble wrap over the entire canvas. Also, apply gold paint to the henna stamps to add another layer of gold into some of the sections. 

Add a glittery gold frame to the canvas using Metallic Lustre, Gilding Flakes and Glamour Dust. 

Apply colorful ribbons and gems around each color block using adhesive. Finally, apply the braid around the entire canvas. 

Add faux stitching to a few sections to represent the traditional Kantha embroidery, using a white Neocolor II crayon.  

Color brings me joy, and this definitely drew me to India! I am so happy to share my first art interpretation of my trip with you! 

Be sure to visit TwoCraftingSisters for more projects and to learn more about Maura Hibbitts.


The colours are amazing. It does look like something you got from India. Great job! Mona

Art by Mona

October 19, 2017

Wow, this is a beautiful project! Your canvas reminds me of 2 pillows we brought back from Bangkok!


October 19, 2017

This reminds me of the old antigue 'crazy quilts' - they were so lovely. AND SO IS YOURS Maura!! This looks like such fun. Makes me want to pull out some DecoArt Media colors and get going. Love all your use of color and designs to make such a BRILLIANTLY SPECTACULAR creation. Xj.


October 20, 2017

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